Monthly Archives: January 2014
There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. Yes, the Social Network star has been cast as Superman’s arch nemesis in the follow up to Man of Steel. And no, you’re not dreaming. For the first time since, well, the last casting announcement for Man of Steel 2/Batman vs. Superman/Whateveritwillbecalled I’m left with a “wha?” reaction. In fact, I believe the first words out of my mouth when I heard it were “that’s not true”. Read the rest of this entry
We’re one step closer to “Goblin Nation”, but first, Dan Slott brings us the showdown we’ve been waiting for: no, not Peter Parker vs. Otto Octavius, Green Goblin vs. Hobgoblin!
That’s right, Superior Spider-Man #26 brings the two major Goblins head to head, and it takes quite a few different twists and turns throughout the course of the match. Slott’s script for these pages is packed to the brim of possible revelations and great dialogue, even if it is hard to follow in some parts. Read the rest of this entry
Surprise, surprise, Peter Parker is coming back to the land of the living. Of course, anyone with a brain should’ve been able to figure this out once the release date for Amazing Spider-man 2 was announced. Yes, Peter’s finally going to be placed back in his own body in the newly announced Amazing Spider-Man #1 arriving in April. Marvel is hoping to attract that mythical “new reader” who has been intrigued by the trailers for Spidey’s next cinematic adventure. Of course I’m excited. My all time favorite superhero is coming back!
But I’m not ready. In the 25 issues that he’s inhabited Peter’s body, I’ve come to actually enjoy Otto Octavius’ attempts to become a hero. Read the rest of this entry
“The Trial of Jean Grey” starts in All-New X-Men #22.NOW, and I gotta say, this opening issue is pretty fantastic. The fantastic Stuart Immonen is back on art, and writer Brian Michael Bendis’ script is an excellent starting point for not only the new storyline, but for new readers as well. The big events of the past 21 issues are quickly recapped in the typical opening “previously in…” Marvel page, and at no point is anything referenced that would cause a new reader to go “wait, I’m confused”. I may hate seeing a giant “#1” on an issue that also has the actual issue number on it, but if it gets people to check this out, I’m okay with it.
After a long and (extremely) winding road, modern comic book fans can finally get the chance to experience Alan Moore’s classic MiracleMan. Often called one of the greatest comic books of all time, the story of Michael Moran’s adult life has a ton of hype surrounding it, and after years of court cases and legal tie-ups, Marvel Comics has reprinted the long awaited tales. But after such a long wait, is it worth the hype?
Michael Douglas is Hank Pym. Weird right?
The casting of the A-List Hollywood star in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man of all things is super left-field. But, coming from Marvel, should we really be that surprised? This is the studio that cast Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark when no one would touch him, and is putting the Guardians of the Galaxy on the big screen before other, safer bets like Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and second Hulk film. But even with a history of making outside the box decisions, Douglas was quite the shock, especially when we all assumed that Paul Rudd was playing Pym.
2014 is only a few weeks old, and now that we’ve gotten the best and worst of 2013 out of the way, it’s time to look at some of the upcoming nerd events for the coming year. From Ghost Rider’s return to comics to Spider-Man’s new big screen adventure, 2014 looks to be a pretty exciting time for nerds, even though 2015 is going to be the year the big dogs come out to play. But I’m getting way ahead of myself. Let’s take a look at the things that will (hopefully) be awesome this year. Read the rest of this entry
The Dark Knight turns 75 this year, and DC Comics has really put out all the stops to celebrate the occasion. Boasting talent with names like Greg Hurwitz, Peter J. Thomasi, Neal Adams, Sean Murphy, Francesco Francavilla, Scott Snyder, and more, this mega sized anniversary issue is packed to the brim with content. Like any special anniversary issue, not all of the stories in it are great. So, here’s a breakdown of the seven different stories contained in this issue, along with a handy dandy grade. Read the rest of this entry
Well, I’ve gone over my Best Nerd Things of 2013, and now it’s time for the flip side. Instead of saying what I thought was the “Worst” though, I’m going with what disappointed me the most. It’s not Jetpack Comics’ opinions, they’re alllll mine. I’m sure there’s some things that I didn’t like that you all loved (just like I’m sure some of you will voice your displeasure over my “Best” things of 2013), so keep in mind, this is my opinion, and my opinion only. So, without further ado, let’s get this bad boy going. Read the rest of this entry